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March, 2020

Isolation Inspiration

Make good use of your time indoors, fuel your imagination and learn more about the creative sector with our pick of inspiring books, documentaries, podcasts and websites.


Ctrl Alt Delete
Award-winning author, blogger and journalist Emma Gannon created her podcast Ctrl Alt Delete in early 2016 to continue the conversation she began with her book of the same name. Gannon interviews a huge range of incredible guests from activists to actresses, authors to athletes. It provides a gateway into new ideas and valuable insight into the minds and working styles of very talented, productive people. Two of my favourite episodes are Gina Martin, Scarlett Curtis and Gillian Anderson.

Masters of Scale
The Masters of Scale podcast is hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. In each episode legendary leaders discuss with Hoffman how to grow a company. Our favourite episodes are ‘Handcrafted’ with Brian Chesky, Co-founder and CEO of AirBnB, ‘How to build trust fast’ with Daniel Ek, Co-founder and CEO of Spotify and ‘Lead, lead again’ with Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. The cherry on top for this podcast is that Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to gender balance for guests.



Abstract – The Art of Design.
A treat for the eyes and the brain, Abstract – the Art of Design is a visually rich documentary series on Netflix that earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction. We relish the rare opportunity to glimpse inside the minds of some of the most innovative designers across an array of different disciplines and discover the manner in which design impacts every aspect of our lives. Our top episodes are, Ian Spalter: Digital Product Design, Paula Scher: Graphic Design, Ralph Gilles: Automotive Design and Jonathan Hoefler: Typeface Design.

Ted Talks Daily- A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity – Tim Harford
We’re sure you’re well aware of Ted Talks by now and this is one of our favourites and is particularly useful if you’re working from home. Author, journalist and broadcaster Tom Harford shares how innovators like Einstein, Darwin, Twyla Tharp and Michael Crichton found their inspiration and productivity through cross training their minds. Can we use this method to home school the kids, watch Netflix and complete projects over the next few weeks? Fingers crossed!


Brand New
The perfect place to see the latest in good/bad rebrands, Brand New is a division of Under Consideration. The site cover redesigns and new designs of notable products, companies, services, and organisations across all industries and locations.

The Met
Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art aka The Met in your pyjamas! The Met presents over 5000 years of art from around the world and you can explore it online.


Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – Ed Catmull
If you’ve ever watched that little lamp hop up and down on the letter I you should dive right into this book. It’s a fantastic book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first ever, all access trip into the nerve centre of the Pixar Animation Studios.

Now Try Something Weirder – How to keep having great ideas and survive in the creative business – Michael Johnson
Johnson is the designer, writer and thinker who set up Johnson Banks in 1992. In this book he offers 233 (to be exact) hints, tips and pieces of advice to help those in the creative industry have great ideas (every day).

How to Do Great Work Without Being an Asshole – Paul Woods
A straight-talking, fun read for all creatives. Packed with anecdotes, self-analysis flowcharts, exercises and action plans to help you not only be a great creative but also be a grown up and all-round good egg at work.

Be Brave – DixonBaxi
It looks stunning and captures the spirit of how brand consultancy DixonBaxi partner with clients to solve big brand challenges through creativity.


36 days of type
If you fancy some daily inspiration, follow @36daysoftype on Instagram! It’s a yearly open call inviting designers, illustrators and visual artists to share their view on the letters and numbers from our alphabet.

Some shameless self-promotion? Guilty! But we do share some lovely bits and pieces on our Instagram and we highly recommend you give us a follow.

We hope our lovely recommendations brighten your day and help you to boost your creativity in these difficult times. Let us know if you enjoy them (or think they’re absolutely terrible). If you fancy some more visual stimulation, why not visit our cutting room floor – for a sneak peek at some of our experiments and happy accidents?